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Measles Alert: Have You Been to These Places on These Days?

People who have come down with measles have been in several locations in Mission Viejo, Trabuco Canyon and other O.C. locales.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

Orange County officials today confirmed seven cases of measles this year, a substantial increase from the zero to one cases seen on average annually.

"We expect to see additional measles cases in Orange County, increasing the likelihood that you and your family may be exposed to the disease," said Dr. Eric Handler, the county's Public Health Officer. "These new measles cases underscore the importance of making sure that you and your families are up to date with the (measles) vaccination.

The most recent locations and times of potential exposure are:

St. Joseph Heritage Healthcare Medical Office, 4300 Rose Drive, Suite D, Yorba Linda, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., March 3, 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., March 7

Panda Express, 27602 Antonio Parkway, Suite G3, Ladera Ranch, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., March 4

Friends Christian Elementary School, 5151 Lakeview Ave., Yorba Linda, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., March 5

Robinson Ranch School, 21400 Lindsay Drive, Trabuco Canyon, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., March 6

Placentia Linda Hospital emergency room, 1301 N. Rose, Yorba Linda, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday

Kids Doc, 27800 Medical Center Road, Mission Viejo, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Sunday

Mission Hospital emergency room, 27700 Medical Center Road, Mission Viejo, 9:50 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., Sunday, and 11:25 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday

Mission Hospital CHOC Pediatric Medical Surgical Department, 27700 Medical Center Road, Mission Viejo, 11:25 a.m. Monday to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The disease is extremely contagious and can be spread through the air.

The rash of measles is rare because the county usually only sees about one or no cases annually, Nicole Stanfield of the Health Care Agency said.

Symptoms usually start 10 to 12 days after exposure, but sometimes up to three weeks, with a fever as high as 105 degrees, malaise, cough, runny nose and conjunctivitis, or pink eye. Two to four days later, a rash develops, usually around the ears and hairline, that can spread to the face and arms and legs.

Last month, Dr. Matt Zahn, the agency's medical director for epidemiology, said "multiple cases that have been identified in California have occurred after international travel. This has been an issue for years."

Measles is unusual in the U.S., so most people contract it in another country, Zahn said. In Orange County, those recently afflicted have traveled to and from the Philippines, Zahn said.

Unfounded skepticism of vaccinating children is also an issue, Zahn said.

"Parents are inundated with information questioning the value of vaccines," Zahn said, adding those claims are baseless.

The vaccine for measles works about 99 percent of the time, Zahn said.

--City News Service


Shripathi Kamath March 17, 2014 at 04:11 PM
Citing a link that uses a study done in the early seventies on a specific polio vaccine does not tell me what you are supporting or opposing; and given your earlier objection, I must ask for a clarification. Are you citing one link to suggest that it is reasonable to oppose vaccination against measles today on grounds that there are valid, yet ignored medical reasons?
Something Special Cateirng Inc. March 17, 2014 at 07:18 PM
cases coming in from India, Philippines, and Vietnam where there is an epidemic
Shripathi Kamath March 17, 2014 at 09:45 PM
Depending on your definition of an epidemic, that is subject to scrutiny. Here's a updated list: http://abt.cm/1meI1Cw
nobody March 18, 2014 at 11:40 AM
Very good article, some highlights: ___________________________________________________ "Very few of the measles cases in these outbreaks are in people who are completely vaccinated. For example, in the outbreaks in Europe in 2011, when 30,000 people got measles, causing 8 deaths, 27 cases of measles encephalitis, and 1,482 cases of pneumonia, most cases were in unvaccinated (82%) or incompletely vaccinated (13%) people." _________________________________________________ "Most importantly, parents should understand that a measles vaccine (MMR) is the best way to protect your child from measles, and is especially important if there is a measles outbreak in your area or if you are traveling to an area with high rates of measles."

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